There are many ways to experience holiday magic. For me, the magic happens when I see children smile and hear their laughter, when I hear Christmas carols and see Christmas lights, and when I feel the warmth and love that comes from gathering with family and friends.
All of these beautiful things come together each year when the community gets together for the annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. Fittingly, this year’s theme is “Holiday Magic.”
But the parade wouldn’t be possible without the sponsors who generously contribute to the effort year after year and the numerous volunteers who work behind the scenes to bring it all together.
This year, a big thank you goes out to: parade vice president Lowell Safier, secretary Judith Ciancimino, treasurer Riley Walters and advisor Willie Hjorth; our board of directors, including Diane Barretti, Vivian Callahan, Kelly King, Jerry Magnussen, Louis Scaduto, Phil Seelig, Bob Singer, Debbie Talbot and Greg Wenger; and our many volunteers: Chuck Daugherty, Wanda Davis, Carolyn Epstein, Sue Foltz, Michael Greenberg, Susie Greenberg, Donna Kronson, Yayoi Otani Magnussen, Don Mantarro, Vicki Pasek, Megan Peery, Elizabeth Sampson, James Sampson, Yukari Santo, Janice Solis, Joe Spereno, Barbara Wasserman and Melanie Williams.
Thanks also, once again, to park announcers Lisa Osborne and Mickey Czegledy (Laszlo), who will be stationed at Fisherman’s Village.
Thank you to Michael Yokotake for taking photos of all the boats as they make their way around the Marina.
A special thanks goes out to you, the community, for coming out to enjoy the parade and cheer on our boaters.
Most importantly, I’d like to extend many thanks to the boaters — without you there would not be a parade!
May the magic and the wonder of the holiday season stay with all of you throughout the coming year.
Cindy Williams
Marina del Rey Holiday
Boat Parade